Log in to post comments Position Dodd Interdisciplinary Fellow Degree Seeking PhD Email email@example.com CV Purdum CV Lamar Dodd.pdf Research Detail I study and teach about the criminalization of migration and the social construction of “illegality” that dominates current discourse and immigration policy. My goal is to use critical approaches to human rights, humanitarianism, and law to think through US immigration policies and the violence of detention and deportation. My dissertation research stems from volunteer work as a legal advocate in the South Texas Family Residential Center, a “family” detention center in Dilley, Texas. I consider the family detention center, and lawsuits over licensing them as “child-care facilities”, as a case study to contribute to broader discussions of rights, refugees, and migration, and to understand the spread of structures and procedures that perpetuate worldwide detention regimes. Biography I am currently finishing my dissertation on the US detention system and immigration policing. I examine the complicated interplay of discourses of care and violence found in policies, debates, news, and in the physical structures and actions of immigration policing. I spend much of my time writing, applying for jobs, lecturing about immigration issues, and involved with local immigration activism. I spend my free time with Pandora the House-cat, cooking, tending to plants, or going for walks.